Wikipedia After nearly three years of operation, the notorious website The Silk Road has finally been shut down and its Tor-enabled domain name seized.

The Silk Road specialized in facilitating the sale of illegal drugs of all sorts via a hidden service website on Tor, conducting its business entirely in Bitcoin.

Its founder, known only online via the alias “Dread Pirate Roberts,” has been identified by the Department of Justice as Ross William Ulbricht.

The 29-year-old Texan was arrested in San Francisco on Tuesday.

The 39-page criminal complaint details not only charges of narcotics trafficking and money laundering, but also soliciting “a Silk Road user to execute a murder-for-hire of another Silk Road user, who was threatening to release the identities of thousands of users of the site.”     

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